CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (WLFI) - Four juvenile girls crossed county lines in a stolen van early Sunday morning. Less than an hour later, the four found themselves in handcuffs.
Indiana State Police Sergeant Kim Riley said the girls ran away from ResCare Residential Program, a juvenile house in Greencastle, around 1 a.m. Sunday.
The van was later spotted by a Crawfordsville police officer. The officer stopped them in the Sears parking lot on U.S. 231 South.
"[The officer] exited and ordered them out of the car," said Sgt. Riley. "The driver then put the vehicle in reverse, slammed it into the front end of the squad car, then tried to back over the officer."
Riley said the girls drove off as the officer fired shots at the van. About a block down the road they were stopped again.
"The officer jumped back into his crashed car and proceeded to pursue the vehicle south on 231," Riley said. "[The van] turned into the Walmart parking drive."
There, the driver was arrested. The three passengers initially ran off but were found in a ditch nearby. Riley said one of the passengers had minor injuries from broken glass caused by the gun shots.
All the girls were between the ages of 13 and 17 and were all residents of ResCare.
According to ResCare's website it is a home for children who are having behavioral problems at home or at school.
"They're trying to change the course of [the children's] lives to become productive citizens of the state," Riley said.
Since the girls are juveniles their names are not being released. Riley said Indiana State Police, Crawfordsville police and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office are still investigating the incident. It is unknown what charges will be filed against the girls. The Montgomery County prosecutor will make that decision.
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